What is Histology Certification?

Histotechnologists are certified by the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC), a separate certifying body within the organizational structure of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Inc. (ASCP). In order to become certified as a histotechnologist, you must complete the formal certification process outlined by the BOC, which requires education, clinical training and experience, and successful completion of the certification examination for Technicians, Technologists, Specialists, and Diplomates in Laboratory Management.

There are two main certifications earned by histologists, the HT and the HTL. Check out this video to learn the difference!

The Importance of Certification

Though certification is not nationally required, The National Society for Histotechnology strongly supports and encourages the certification of all individuals working in the histology field. Certification is important for you as an individual as it will help you advance in your career and achieve the best pay grade possible. Certification is also important for histology as a profession, as it elevates the standard of our work and signifies our commitment to providing the best patient care possible. 

In addition to national certification, some states have their own licensure requirements.   Please check with your state licensing board for requirements.